International Data Analysis in the United Arab Emirates

Program Info.

  • Faculty: Mouwafac M Sidaoui,
  • Dates: Jan 5-16, 2020
  • Program Fee: $2,476
  • Where: Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE)
  • Units: 2 
  • View the Dubai course syllabus.
  • Info Sessions:
    • ZOOM
      • Monday October 14 from 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM
        Phone: 1 669 900 6833, Meeting ID: 231 438 074
      • Monday, October 21 from 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM Phone 1 669 900 6833, Meeting ID: 297179729
    • In-Person: Thursday, October 17 from 5:20 to 5:50 PM, SFH 529

Program Description.

Immersion Open to all Graduate Students. 

The Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) immersion is centered on onsite engagement with approximately 15 ‐ 20 companies that are using big data to achieve a business advantage. This course is designed to enhance and extend the content in the business core "Quantitative Analysis" courses. We will use a combination of case studies and hands‐on projects to give you experience in identifying opportunities for leveraging data to support, make, and implement decisions. We will also provide an overview of the key engineering tools used for working with big data, providing an introduction to some of the core projects used for both batch and real‐time data processing.

The costs associated with the trip are:

  1.  2 units of tuition (varies by program).
  2. Airfare to and from SFO (arranged individually by each student, cost varies between $1200 - $1400).
  3. Program fee ($2,476), which includes a double-occupancy hotel room (breakfast included), business transportation, a couple of meals; other site fees, Desert Safari.
  4. Trip cancellation insurance (optional $199 but highly recommended).

If you are interested in participating, please send a message directly to Professor Mouwafac Sidaoui ( Also, please forward questions to him.

Apply to AGI Dubai.

Program Highlights

The 2020 Dubai AGI include the following highlights: 

  • Visiting organizations in Private, Public, Academic, and Government sectors.
  • There will be cultural activities Desert Safari tour.
  • There will be a meeting at the Palace of Prince Nahyan Al Nahyan Minister of State of Tolerance. 
  • Students have dedicated free time to explore the city.